After an extremely challenging weekend for everyone involved, Team HRC travelled straight on to Portugal, where round 11 of the season will take place this weekend, the third of three back-to-back events and the last European round of the 2021 Superbike World Championship.
The fast and spectacular Portimão circuit, located almost 300 km south of Lisbon, is one that both Team HRC riders enjoy.
In the 2020 edition, Alvaro Bautista crossed the line fifth in race 1.
The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve was completed in 2008 and inaugurated later that same year by the World Superbikes. Often the stage for some thrilling racing, the undulating track is 4592 m in length and features 15 turns, 9 of which right-handers, 6 left-handers. And its southern position generally makes for clement weather well into the autumn season, a factor the riders will hopefully be able to appreciate this coming weekend.
WEEKEND SCHEDULE (CET -1)
10.30 – 11.15 – SBK Free Practice 1
15.00 – 15.45 – SBK Free Practice 2
9.00 – 9.30 – SBK Free Practice 3
11.10 – 11.25 – Superpole
14.00 – SBK Race 1
9.00 – 9-15 – SBK Warm-up
11.00 – Superpole race
14.00 – SBK Race 2
“We arrive in Portimão after two positive weekends in terms of performance and results. Last year we were competitive in Portugal, and the bike has improved since then, but we will reset everything and head there with a free mind. We’ll get our heads down, keep on working, and aim to start out on the right foot already on Friday and just try and get all we can from the bike. And then, if we can fight for more top-five finishes or the podium, it would be fantastic“